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Duty Judicial Officer: Adam Casselden
Player: Tomas Lavanini
Team: Argentina
Position: Lock
Date of Incident: 6 September 2014
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (h) Dangerous Charging. A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 51st minute


The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden has accepted a guilty plea from Tomas Lavanini of Argentina for contravening Law 10.4 (h) Dangerous Charging, after he was cited during a Rugby Championship match at the weekend.

Lavanini has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 13 September 2014.

The incident occurred in the 51st minute of the match between New Zealand and Argentina at McLean Park in Napier on Saturday 6 September 2014.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden assessed the case.

Having considered the available evidence and helpful submissions of Dr Rizzi, the player was offered a one week suspension which was accepted. In assessing the incident I was satisfied that the low entry level should apply.

The player’s action can be described as reckless and not intentional. I accepted as mitigating factors the age of the player, his good playing record and his early guilty plea. The recommended sanction at the lower end for this offence is a two week suspension.

As a result of my finding of mitigating factors I reduced the two week sanction by one week, thus imposing a suspension of one week. The player was accordingly suspended from all rugby for one week up to and including 13 September 2014. This means that the player will miss his next scheduled match against Australia.

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

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